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Online presentation on Quality of life of Aruban Youth

May 25, 2021

The University of Aruba (UA) cordially invites you to an online presentation on Quality of life of Aruban Youth which will take place on thursday May 27.

In May 2019, 10 primary schools, 3 school boards and 1 secondary school participated in a pilot study conducted by the IPA in collaboration with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the University of Aruba. The elementary schools were selected over the 5 districts of Aruba. A quantitative and qualitative methodology was applied. Approximately 45 respondents of school teams or school professionals were interviewed, while around approximately 900 5th and 6th graders of the selected schools were surveyed. Using a newly developed screening tool, the protective and risk factors for well-being and risk behavior in children aged 10-13 years have been investigated. We focused on the perspective of the professionals in primary education on several themes that play an influential role in the lives of their pupils. In this presentation, the results of this pilot study are analyzed, discussed and recommendations are made to improve and optimize the well-being of children and reduce the risk of developing problem behavior.


Dr. Paula Kibbelaar was the founding dean, associate professor and lecturer at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) at the University of Aruba (UA) (2009-2013). She is currently working as a lecturer/researcher and policy worker for the IPA, the Aruban Teacher Training College ( She wrote the policy report on a sustainable inclusive social service for the IPA (based on the SDGs). Currently she is also a PhD supervisor/co promotor of 2 UA PhD research projects and supervises a Msc research project from the Netherlands-Curacao. Previously, she has worked on several research assignments and projects of and for the Dutch ministries, the Dutch Employers organization VNO-NCW; De Baak and other organizations in the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles (Curacao).

Dr. Anne-Marie Slotboom graduated in developmental psychology from Leiden University. Since 2004 she has been affiliated with the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), first as Assistant Professor, now as Associate Professor. Her research interests are focused on the development of risky and criminal behavior in girls and women. She studies the backgrounds, risk factors and treatment of adolescents and young adults who have been treated in a forensic setting, the life course of women in detention, with special attention to Caribbean Dutch women and the process of desistance among women, paying attention to factors that promote healthy development. She is also involved in research into the identity development of young adolescents, radicalization, and the relationship with the school context.

Prof. Jan Hendriks is professor of forensic psychiatry and psychology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), professor of forensic remedial education at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and works as a clinical and forensic psychologist at the forensic outpatient clinic De Waag in The Hague. Hendriks studied pedagogy and psychology at the University of Leiden. He was a core member of both the Samson Committee and the De Winter Committee, which investigated (sexual) violence against children in boarding schools and foster families. He is also a member of the Recognition Commission for Judicial Interventions.

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Topic: Aruban youth on the right track: Well-being and problem behavior seen through the eyes of children and professionals in primary education

Date: May 27, 2021 11:00 AM


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